Critical Care Fellowship

Omar Alibrahim & Divij Pasrija.

Program director Omar Alibrahim, MD, with fellow Divij Pasrija, MBBS.

Our three-year fellowship program at Oishei Children's Hospital (OCH) is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and structured to provide resources and mentorship to groom passionate young physicians for careers as exceptional pediatric intensivists.

Our Vision

We foresee the graduates of our program becoming the next generation of leaders and innovators in the field of pediatric critical care medicine and champions of clinical, research and educational excellence.

Our Missions


Using evidence-based medicine as our guide, we seek to deliver care of the highest order and quality to our patients. A humanistic approach is at the very heart of our daily practice, and we staunchly believe in supporting and treating the entire family, not only its sickest member, with compassion and understanding. Our practice entails a systems-based approach to solving clinical problems, and through innovative techniques, cutting-edge technologies and trouble-shooting philosophies, we give our trainees the tools necessary to explore all angles of the diagnostic question.


The aim of our program is to contribute to the global fund of medical knowledge through the pursuit of rigorous, high-quality clinical research. Our fellows, guided by their individual faculty mentors, are exposed to a rich variety of patients and medical technologies that lend themselves to the asking and answering of essential questions in the field of pediatric critical care medicine.

Our fellows complete at least one scholarly work, in the form of a submitted abstract or manuscript, and one quality improvement project during their program. With over twelve months of protected research time, a diverse and highly motivated faculty, and the ongoing participation of Oishei in several multicenter pediatric trials and networks, the infrastructure is in place for all of our fellows to not merely publish, but to excel.


Our curriculum emphasizes the importance of evidence-based medicine and the core concepts necessary for any intensivist's toolkit, while concurrently allowing for the flexibility to tailor particular aspects of instruction to a given fellow's needs. We focus on teaching our trainees how to ask the right questions, how to think about those inquiries and how best to pursue the answers. Using simulation, case conferences and formal bedside teaching and didactic sessions, we expose our fellows to a breadth of learning opportunities that instill knowledge and generate excitement.

Mock codes and ECMO simulation scenarios are multidisciplinary, allowing our fellows to practice key skills while working alongside the very same residents, registered nurses and respiratory therapists that they collaborate with in real time. Case and morbidity/mortality conferences likewise encourage participation from all staff and subspecialties, permitting our fellows to learn the complexities of modalities, such as ECMO and apheresis, from experts in the field.

Our fellows give structured lectures to their residents weekly and discuss core concepts at the bedside with the ancillary staff daily. In this respect, they are encouraged to become teachers as well as learners, and ultimately, leaders in the field of pediatric critical care medicine.

Goals of the Fellowship Program

  • Develop expertise in the care of critically ill children, irrespective of their complexity.
  • Master the procedural skills necessary to become experts in pediatric airway management and resuscitation.
  • Experience and practice the skills needed to design, perform and interpret clinical research, and utilize them to complete a mentored, scholarly work.
  • Learn the proper ways to gather, analyze and prepare data for academic discussion and interpretation.
  • Develop the active listening and communication skills necessary to excel as a multidisciplinary team leader and as a medical professional.
  • Practice humanistic, family-centered care.
  • Evolve the individual strategies needed for achievement and maintenance of a fulfilling, satisfactory work-life balance.
  • Fulfill all requirements necessary to achieve certification in pediatric critical care medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics.
  • Prepare for a successful academic or clinical career in the field of pediatric critical care medicine.

Year One

The first year of fellowship focuses mainly on the acquisition of clinical decision-making and procedural skills. Approximately seven months are devoted to service time in the PICU at OCH, with another month dedicated to airway skills learned in operating rooms under the guidance of certified anesthesiologists.

In addition, due to a collaborative partnership with the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP), first-year fellows have the opportunity to spend a two-week rotation in their hospital learning the intricacies of transplant medicine. Approximately two to three months of the first year are protected for research interests.

Years Two and Three

The second year of fellowship at OCH emphasizes refinement of the skills learned in the first year with approximately six months of service time in the PICU as well as a one-month rotation at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in its Cardiac ICU. Four months are protected for research pursuits.

The third and final year of fellowship is one of transition and actualization. Leadership and autonomy, both in the intensive care unit and in the program at large, are key points of emphasis. During the five months of PICU service time, the senior fellows are encouraged to become teachers and role models. An additional month is spent in the CHP Cardiac ICU, and five months remain protected for research.

To Apply

The postdoctoral education prerequisite is three years of general pediatric residency training. Candidates should apply through ERAS and enter the Pediatric Critical Care Match through NRMP.

Fellowship duration: 3 years
Positions offered annually: 2
Match participation: yes
Accrediting body: Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
Current fellows: 5

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact:

Training Program Administrator

Maria Prokop, C-TAGME

1001 Main Street, 5th Floor, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 323-0027; Fax: (716) 323-0292



1001 Main Street
5th Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 323-0200
Fax: (716) 323-0293

Program Director

Alibrahim, Omar

Omar Alibrahim, MD, FAAP

Clinical Associate Professor and Division Chief, Critical Care

UBMD Pediatrics, Division of Critical Care, 1001 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 323-0200; Fax: (716) 323-0293


Associate Program Director

Breuer, Ryan

Ryan Breuer, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

UBMD Pediatrics, Division of Critical Care, 1001 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 323-0200; Fax: (716) 323-0293


Our Current Fellows

Robin Craig.

Robin Craig, DO

Medical School: Rowan University of Osteopathic Medicine; Residency: Jersey Shore University Medical Center; Hometown: Princeton, NJ

Ritesh Korumilli.

Ritesh Korumilli, MBBS, MPH

Medical School: Deccan College of Medical Sciences; Residency: Flushing Hospital Medical Center; Hometown: Hyderabad, India

Christine Koshel.

Christine Koshel, DO

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; Residency: Jersey Shore University Medical Center; Hometown: New York, NY

Divij Pasrija.

Divij Pasrija, MBBS

Medical School: Jawaharlala Nehru Medical College; Residency: Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center; Hometown: Faridabad, India

Rozaleen Phaltas, MD

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine; Residency: University of South Alabama;

Mohammad Abdul-Fattah Sallam.

Mohammad Abdul-Fattah Sallam, MD

Medical School: University of Jordan Faculty of Medicine; Residency: Hamad Medical Corporation; Hometown: Zarqa, Jordan

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).